Insecticidal Activity of the Leaf and Stem Water Extract of Gelsemium elegans against Solenopsis invicta

Qun Zheng, Liu-Peng Yang, Su-Kun Lin, Qian-Li Ma, De-Qiang Qin, Zhi-Xiang Zhang


A comprehensive green worker ants control method that can be used to replace traditional chemical synthetic insecticides. In this study, the leaves and stems of Gelsemium elegans were extracted with water as the solvent, and the bioactivity of G. elegans against worker ants was determined by the “water tube” method. The bioassay results of insecticidal activity showed that when the time was extended to the 10th day, the mortality of worker ants treated with G. elegans extract reached 55.00% (1/20 leaf extract), 46.67% (1/20 stem extract) and 45.00% (1 mg/kg koumine). And the behavioral impact test results showed that the aggregation rate was reduced to 56.67% (1/100 leaf extract), 60.00% (1/100 stem extract) and 60.00% (0.5 mg/kg koumine); the climbing rate was reduced to 60.00 % (1/100 leaf extract), 58.33% (1/100 stem extract) and 58.33% (0.5 mg/kg koumine). The effect on the walking ability of worker ants is obvious. The walking rate drops to 1.53cm/s (1/100 leaf extract), 1.60cm/s (1/100 stem extract) and 1.47cm/s (0.5 mg/kg koumine). Therefore, we conclude that the water extract of G. elegans can be used for long-term continuous control of worker ants, which can be used to replace traditional chemical synthetic insecticides.


Gelsemium elegans Benth.,koumine,worker ant,bioactivity

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